I have an early holiday present for Rogers Park bicyclists. I am pleased to report that the Divvy Bike Sharing Program is coming to the 49th Ward next year and you get to help decide the station locations!
Divvy bike sharing was introduced earlier this year to downtown Chicago and many of the nearby neighborhoods. It has been tremendously popular with long-time cyclists, as well as two-wheeled novices. Since its launch, Divvy has enrolled over 11,000 annual members, and logged more than 725,000 trips.
Building on the success of the program, the Chicago Department of Transportation plans to add 175 stations throughout the City next year, using a variety of grant funds. I am told that as many as 10 of those new stations will be located in the 49th Ward.
Though it may be a challenge during this cold and snowy season to think about bicycle riding, I encourage you to go online and suggest locations for the Divvy bike stations:
Having played around with the site a little, I noticed it isn’t completely obvious how to get started. Once you read through the overview on the right side of the page, click the red X to close the overview. At that point a blue box labeled “Suggest a Location” will appear. Click on the box and enter your suggested location and reasons for suggesting it.
You can also click on locations others have already suggested to endorse those locations and make further comments. You will notice the 49th Ward has many Divvy fans already.
Through the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process (PB49), 49th Ward residents have consistently voted to fund bicycle amenities, including marked bike lanes and bicycle parking. The expansion of Divvy will give residents and visitors more ways to get around and experience the wonderful parts of our neighborhood. Thanks to PB49 and Divvy expansion, the 49th Ward will become one of the most bicycle-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago.
Over the next few weeks, I will be working with the Department of Transportation to gather from neighborhood residents ideas and feedback on Divvy locations. This will include at least one or two community-wide meetings in January. I will apprise you of the dates, times and locations of the meetings as soon as they are scheduled.
In the meantime, continue to brainstorm!